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What does PTCB Acquiring PTEC Mean For the Pharmacy Industry?


The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Acquires the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council At the end of 2022, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) acquired the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC). Per a PTCB press release, “PTEC membership voted to combine resources, expertise, and infrastructure to empower technician educators with enhanced resources and professional development opportunities and […]

Can Pharmacy Technicians Write Prescriptions?


Pharmacy Technicians cannot write prescriptions. Only licensed providers such as physicians, nurse-practitioners, and physician assistants can write prescriptions. These medical professionals have what is called prescriptive authority, which is granted to them based on their years of training in treating patients and writing prescriptions. While pharmacy technicians do not write prescriptions, they are involved in […]

Understanding Live CE & On Demand CE for Pharmacists

Understanding the differences between on-demand CE and live CE for pharmacists CE for pharmacists falls into two categories, live and on-demand activities. Both kinds of CE are equally beneficial for staying up-to-date. What kind of CE is best for you depends on your state’s requirements, learning style, and preferences. On-demand activities, or home study activities, […]

What Is Integrative Pharmacy?

What Is Integrative Pharmacy? Holistic Naturopathic Healing and Modern Medicine

A Look Into Integrative Pharmacy: PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS & HOLISTIC, NATUROPATHIC Care “Once in a while you’re shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right”- Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter. And that’s exactly the way I feel about what can be termed Integrative, Lifestyle and Functional Pharmacy. For this article, we […]

The Ugly Realities of Men’s Preventative Health

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As the saying goes, “boys will be boys”. Whether it is testosterone, social expectations, or the “secret man code” that steers the traditional behavior of men around the world is a subject that has been debatable for decades. Nonetheless, the data is absolute: the drunk driver behind the wheel of a car is overwhelmingly likely […]

Veteran’s Day Interview: What It’s Like to Work in a Military Pharmacy

freeCE salutes military veterans. Thank you for your service.

In honor of Veteran’s Day in 2020, we interviewed Jonathan Lehan, a former military pharmacist and community pharmacist based in Illinois, for our 5 Minutes with a Pharmacist series. Hear about Jonathan’s varied professional experience, from practicing pharmacy on an Air Force base to overseeing his family business, a community pharmacy that dates back to […]

How Pharmacists Can Prevent Opioid Use Disorder

how pharmacists can prevent opioid use disorders (opioid addictions and overdose)

Preventing Opioid Use disorder in the pharmacy As the most accessible healthcare provider, the pharmacist is in a unique position to have a positive impact on the misuse of opioids and opioid overdose deaths. Many patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) may not have easy access to a specialty clinic, but they may have more […]

What You Need To Know About OTC Hearing Aids 2022

FDA approves Over the counter hearing aids

The FDA recently approved over-the-counter hearing aids. You may be wondering what this means for you in your pharmacy. Kevin Hope, RPh, our Senior Director of Pharmacy Education, explains what you and your patients need to know about OTC hearing aids.  Over The Counter Hearing Aids: Ask the Pharmacist! An elderly gentleman in the pharmacy […]

Florida Board of Pharmacy Approves freeCE’s Immunization Training Program

Florida approved freeCE Immunization Training for Technicians

We have great news: the Florida Board of Pharmacy has approved freeCE’s Pharmacy Technician Enhanced Training: Immunization program to train pharmacy technicians in the state of Florida to administer vaccines. This approval comes in the wake of Florida’s decision this summer to authorize technicians to immunize. WAIT! I THOUGHT TECHNICIANS WERE ALREADY ADMINISTERING IMMUNIZATIONS. WHAT […]

National Pharmacy Week 2022 Recap

national pharmacy week education for pharmacy professionals

Strategies for Success During Challenging or Stressful Times What are your strategies for success during challenging or stressful times? This is what we asked members of our community at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked them to share comments, tips, and words of encouragement to support their colleagues. While most pharmacy settings have […]


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